CLEVELAND -- When Tom Ricketts purchased the Cubs after the 2009 season, he promised he would do whatever it took to bring a World Series championship to Chicago. On Wednesday night, the Cubs chairman was finally able to hoist the Commissioner's Trophy and celebrate the team's World Series victory.
The Cubs edged the Indians, 8-7, in 10 innings at Progressive Field in a drama-filled Game 7, and the trophy was presented to Ricketts, president of baseball operations Theo Epstein, general manager Jed Hoyer and manager Joe Maddon in the clubhouse.
"It's incredible," Ricketts said. "I think about so many millions of people giving so much love and support to this team for so many years, to finally pay them back -- it's all for the fans, I give all the credit to the players and Joe and the coaching staff. It's a team effort and we're happy to have this."
Ricketts was then asked how good it felt to be able to say the Cubs were the champions. He paused, then turned to the players and staff in the clubhouse.
"I just want to say this real quick -- hey, the Cubs are World Series champions," Ricketts said. "That's the first time I've said that, and it feels pretty good."
The players chanted "We never quit, we never quit" while Ricketts passed the trophy to Epstein, who lifted it above his head. This is Epstein's third World Series championship; he won with the Red Sox in 2004 and '07.
Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.